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Roca Partida – notes from a tiny island

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Roca Partida is the smallest of the islands we will be visiting on this trip. Calling it an island is a bit of an exaggeration, as really this is a volcanic plug poking out of the surface, with an undersea volcano below. Brown Boobies (these are birds by the way) rest on the surface, squabbling for the best spot. Once below, however, currents will decide your dive plan for you!

For those who like it deep and blue, then the search is on for schooling hammerheads, but the go-to shark on this site is the whitetip shark. They gather here in large numbers and rest in the many crevices and holes in the steep walls. You can find over 20 sharks in one spot, sometimes piled up on top of each other, as they shelter and rest on this incredible dive site.

Huge schools of fish move around this tiny rock. It only takes 15 – 30 minutes to swim all the way round it, but there is always plenty to see. However, this is also a site that is exposed and divers need to be aware of currents moving in all directions throughout the dive. Our crew on Nautilus Belle Amie have issued each diver with an emergency satellite GPS system just in case we stray out of sight of the RIBs patrolling the island waiting for us to ascend. These systems give us extra confidence and make you feel really safe whilst diving a site such as this one, some 300 nautical miles from the Baha Peninsular.

Today, the reef has not given up its full treasure trove, with the groups only seeing a few distinct species of shark and all the schooling fish. A lucky few have seen hammerheads. When this site rocks, it is considered one of the best pelagic dive sites in the world. We have to keep everything crossed for tomorrow…

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For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

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Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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